Surface Studio 2 hands-on: A powerful and impressive upgrade (video)

Surface Studio fans weren't left out in the cold with this week's sweeping refresh, with Microsoft announcing the new Surface Studio 2. And while it may look largely the same on the outside, Microsoft has made some key upgrades to the internals that make this a much more powerful option than the original.

Most notably, the Surface Studio 2 can now be equipped with up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 for graphics. The PC has also stepped up to Intel's 7th Gen Core i7-7820HQ processor. Both are major upgrades over the GTX 980M graphics and 6th Gen processor included on the first Surface Studio.

The screen has also been upgraded to have punchier colors and deeper blacks, and Microsoft has added a USB-C port around back.

For more on the new Surface Studio 2, check out our full hands-on video above. If you're ready to order one for yourself, the Surface Studio 2 is available to preorder starting at $3,500 with a November 15 shipping date.

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